Bannan doubtful for crunch clash
Scotland manager Craig Levein is unsure over the fitness of Barry Bannan ahead of Tuesday night's crucial qualifier against Spain.
Last Updated: 09/10/11 2:18pm
Scotland manager Craig Levein is unsure over the fitness of Barry Bannan ahead of Tuesday night's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Spain in Alicante.
The Aston Villa midfielder suffered an Achilles injury during the Scots' 1-0 win over Liechtenstein in Vaduz on Saturday.
That victory took Levein's men into second place, one point above Czech Republic, meaning they must at least equal the Czechs' performance in Lithuania if they are to sneak a play-off spot.
The Scotland boss revealed other bumps and bruises within his squad and confirmed striker Kenny Miller, who missed the game against Liechtenstein with a groin injury, would be assessed but Bannan appears to be a new worry.
"Barry Bannan has a gash on his heel and he was uncomfortable this morning," said Levein. "It is a really awkward area.
"The doctor had to put some glue on it to hold it together.
"He is doubtful, but it is very soon after the game to get a clear picture of who is going to be available or not.
"Craig Mackail-Smith's back is bothering him a bit - and he has a history of that.
"There are quite a few niggles but we will get a clearer picture tomorrow.
"I haven't had the opportunity to speak to Kenny or the doctor but he is another who is in the wait-and-see category."